Can I apply for WSIB benefits due to COVID-19?

In Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) provides benefits to workers who are injured or become sick while at work. The WSIB considers COVID-19 to be an “occupational illness”.

WSIB benefits are only for workers who become infected with COVID-19 while at work. They're not for someone whose workplace closes because of the virus. And they're not for people who are in self-isolation and do not develop symptoms.

When you make a claim to the WSIB, they look into what you say happened and decide if you're eligible for benefits. The WSIB decides whether:

  • the nature of your work created a risk of getting COVID-19 that was greater than the risk to someone not working at your workplace, and
  • there's clear proof that your COVID-19 condition has been confirmed.

Because the WSIB requires some evidence that a person has an illness, it's important to see a doctor and get a diagnosis. If possible, the doctor should put their opinion in writing, stating that the nature of your work is likely how you got COVID-19. There's a form that the doctor can use for this.

If the WSIB accepts your claim, the amount of benefits you get is based on the first day of your illness.

Even though WSIB offices are closed, you can call 1-800-387-0750 or visit their website for more information.

No COVID-19 symptoms

If you believe that you were infected with COVID-19 at work, but have not yet developed symptoms, you should file a Worker’s Exposure Incident Form.

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